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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 27 / 8 / 2017 Lapworth Away Lost by 31 runs. Oppo 267-8. Old Mo 236


Fitmen Falter on Lapworth Road

Lapworth 267-8, Old Moseley Arms Fitmen 236 all out

Old Mo lose by 31 runs

Following the demise of the tour, it has now become customary to venture to the delightful setting of Lapworth for the Bank Holiday weekend fixture. It has also become tradition for vast numbers of the Fitmen to be unavailable, which coupled with a double-header for Ashfield, led to frantic appeals by text, e-mail, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Eventually, late on Saturday evening, 11 cats had been herded, including: for his season’s debut Dave Tandy; Jon Howes returning after 4 years and a Fitmen debut for one of Ashfield’s talented Under 15’s, Evan Bradbury.

It was in confident mood that the team began to assemble at Lapworth on a perfect late-summer afternoon. Moments later Raj had to return home. We wish Raj and his family well at this time.

Inspecting the pitch, Rob declared it to be a “road” and sought to win the toss. Result, another Fitmen lost toss and barely concealing his delight, the Lapworth captain elected to bat. However, with a fit again Ralphie leading a strong-looking bowling line-up, optimism was high that we could restrict Lapworth to a gettable total. It was not to be.

With the talented opener Pugh scoring freely, a massive total was looking on the cards; the first wicket only falling with the score on 80; Buckle bowled Caesar for 18. Bowling changes were made frequently to attempt to restrict his scoring; Jon Howes impressed on return, but although wickets fell regularly at the other end, by the time of the second drinks interval at 30 overs, he was into the 130’s and the score stood on 223-5. We were staring at 300+ and the batsman was eyeing the prospect of a double hundred. Third ball of Sharif’s first over and we were fortunate see an outside edge pouched by TC at slip. Relief all round. When the innings ended 8 overs later, we felt we were in with a chance of chasing down 267.

Following a very good Lapworth Tea, Sharif and Mo’s old mucker Tanvir (standing in on one leg for Raj) opened up. Just as Nemesis follows Hubris, so Sharif’s 111 was followed by a shuffle across the stumps for a plumb LBW for 0, the only decision to be made was whether it was hitting middle and off, or middle. In came Mo and he quickly asserted himself on the bowlers, rattling up a quick 53, but some canny field placings by the Lapworth captain restricted off-side scoring and resulted in Mo being caught at short extra-cover.

However, we were well up with the run-rate and with Ralphie in next, confidence remained high that the total could be achieved.
Unfortunately, Ralphie’s stay in the middle was short, but Evan Bradbury showed a good technique and helped Dave Tandy in consolidating the innings, before he too fell to the off-side trap. Rob came in next and the chase was on, until an agricultural heave at Tim Fell’s bowling saw him depart for 13. Still the chase continued with Tasker and Tandy, until Dave was out for an excellent 52 and thereafter the run-rate proved to be too much of an ask despite some fine batting from the tail. When Nutt was run out in the penultimate over we had fallen 31 runs short.

An excellent game, played in a fine spirit by both teams, on a perfect late summer’s afternoon.